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Transferring in or out of MU

An exchange visitor in any category may transfer from one program sponsor to another if 1) the purpose of the transfer is to complete the objective for which you were admitted on exchange visitor status and 2) you remain in the same category. Any employment under the new sponsor may not begin until the transfer has been approved. The transfer procedures must be completed before terminating employment at the University of Missouri.

If you want to transfer from or to the University of Missouri, you must ask an international scholar adviser to complete the process in the USCIS Student Exchange Visitor Information System.

Transferring out of MU

To complete a transfer out of MU to a new institution, the J-1 Exchange Visitor (Scholar) Transfer Release Form must be completed by you, the responsible/alternate officer at the new school and host department at MU. It should then be submitted to the International Center. This form provides the information needed by MU to accomplish the transfer/release in SEVIS. The information provided on the form also confirms that the purpose of the transfer is to complete the objective for which you were admitted in exchange visitor status.

Transferring to MU

In order to complete a transfer to MU from another J-1 sponsoring institution, the MU department must complete a J-1 scholar request.

Please note that:

  • The exchange visitor should begin the transfer process at least 60 days prior to the proposed starting date with the new sponsor to allow for processing of paperwork.
  • Scholars are not allowed to change categories (from research scholar to student, for example) through the process of transfer. Generally, changes of category can be accomplished only through a process of departing the United States and applying for a new visa to enter under the new category. Before pursuing this option, please make an appointment with an adviser at the International Center to discuss the significant risks involved.